Thursday, July 23, 2009

I made it!

I made it! It's been a long few days! I'm not a big fan of flying, but all the flights were great. Crazy? In San Fran, the PC put us up in a really nice hotel in Japan town. The girl that was supposed to be my roommate didn't come so I got upgraded to an AWESOME suite!!!! IT was so nice! Another guy, I guess, left mid way through training. So, there is now 45 of us. On the flight to Japan from San Fran I was able to learn most of the Khmer Alphabet (all 33 constanents). In Thailand we stayed at another hotel (last taste of luxury) which enabled us to sleep about 4 hours and shower- it was divine! Then this morning (or 12 hours opposite of the midwest) we arrived! About 6 people from the group got bumped (despite many, many attempts to get them on our flight despite our reserved seats) so they fly in tonight. I really feel kind of bad for them because they are missing out on all the Phnom Penh fun scheduled for today!
I will say its all I imagined! Ok...gotta go..I'm at this internet cafe and we have to later!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Less than Two Weeks

As of last Tuesday I have less than two weeks until I leave! I am flying from St. Louis on Tuesday the 21st to San Fransisco. I will then have orientation that afternoon lasting until that evening and then the next day I head out! We will be flying from San Fran to Japan to Bangkok to Cambodia. I am definitely not excited about all those flights, but excited to get to go....

Time seems to be going so fast. For the Fourth I was able to spend some time with my family at the Lake of the Ozarks enjoying the sun and some boating. I then made my way to Springfield to say some last good-byes. I ended up having to come home early because I had a spider bite on my arm that was making me VERY nervous. I'm now on something to clear it up. Other than that I'm trying to get my affairs in order. Today I almost got the paper work for my thesis finished. I had to do some last minute editing and I had to write an abstract. I'm sure there are still some errors in the text, but I am so done with it. Moreover, this medication I'm on gives you a headache and causes dizziness. Definitely I felt those side effects as I was trying to get it finished. Oh,'s printed on the expensive paper. I didn't make it in time to turn it into the archive department because I ended up having to manually feed 89 pages through the printer. So, tomorrow I will again be driving to Macomb to FINALLY be finished with my Masters. What a good feeling!

I'm also trying to decide what to pack. I did a trial run the other night. There are some things I packed that I've negotiated with myself all day to not pack. That's what's hard. There are things you want to take, but know you won't really use them that much. It seems hard to really know what I'll use and need. I guess it doesn't really matter too much. I can get almost anything I need there, so if I need something I decide to leave I can just buy it there.

I was also told that I will probably have Internet only about once a month. However, I do plan on saving posts on my flash drive and then when I get Internet posting it. So, while it will be updated once a month, I'll try to include a couple posts each time I can get the Internet.

So, that's it for now! Next post I'll be in Cambodia....